I am the holder of a Practising Certificate issued by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury (the office of the regulator of notaries in England and Wales) and professional indemnity and fidelity insurance to levels approved by the Faculty Office: PI insurance of £1,000,000. I am authorised to perform “notarial acts” for clients throughout England and Wales.
A notarial act is a legal act that is recognised as having validity and effect by virtue of its having been performed by a notary public.
Services which I may provide include the taking of affidavits and declarations (both as a notary for use in foreign jurisdictions, and, as a commissioner for oaths, for use in England and Wales); “protests” of various kinds where the participation of a notary in such formalities is required by statute; certifying identity and the execution of deeds and documents; and notarisation and authentication work in general.
Most notarial acts are required by the laws and regulations of overseas jurisdictions. In many such jurisdictions notarial acts will only be recognised as valid and effective if the notary’s qualified status is endorsed by a certificate of Her Majesty’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, called an “apostille”; and in some cases the requirements of the receiving jurisdiction mean that a certificate of the diplomatic representation of that jurisdiction , called “legalisation”, has to be obtained in addition to the apostille. If you instruct me to act as your notary, I will endeavour to enable you to comply with applicable apostille and legalisation formalities in a manner which is appropriate to your requirements, having regard to urgency, and which should “work” as you require. I may advise the use of a consular agent.
I have chosen to limit my notarial practice to performance of the work of a notary as a public certifying officer. I do not undertake conveyancing or the administration of estates and I do not handle client money. I do not undertake a substantive role in underlying transactions.
I have a principal office at The Clochfaen, Llangurig, near Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6RP, where clients are welcome to attend by prior appointment, but I specialise in providing clients with notarial services by home and business visits where this is economically feasible for me and convenient for the client. I am accustomed to covering locations in Wales, the borders, the English Midlands, and beyond. If I accept your instructions, I do not charge for travelling time unless we agree otherwise, but I may charge the cost of travel, either the actual cost, or a mileage rate of 20 pence per mile when using my own car. In this I may differ from the charging policies of other notaries, but I wish to ensure that my office location does not present a cost disadvantage to my clients.
Please let me know if you have a relevant disability so that I have the opportunity to afford any required assistance when providing you with notarial or commissioner for oaths services. My principal office at The Clochfaen has ground floor access and ample adjacent client car parking.
Finally, the notary should normally witness your signature. Please do not sign any document in advance of your appointment with me.
My notarial practice is regulated through the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.